Who I Am
My name is Katie Haverly, and I am a singer, songwriter, performing artist and musician. Making music is my passion and my life’s work. Over the last twenty years, I have produced three solo records and two records with my indie-soul band Copper and Congress. I have toured through the U.S. and Mexico, opening for artists including Jake Shimabukuro and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. As an artist, I integrate my music with raw emotion, dissonant tension, ethereal moodscapes, and gritty sensuality. In performance, I am interested in improvisation that is both tender and powerful and in making music that is produced in collaboration with that particular moment.
Why This Project Matters
Although this will be my sixth album, this is the first album where I feel like I am stepping into what I have to share as a musician fully and without reservation. It takes a long time to hone your craft and to really feel like you have found your voice. I have found mine and am thrilled to share this body of work with you. For the first time in eight years, I am producing and arranging my own record with no creative compromises. Being at the mast of this project is an exciting, invigorating step.
Art can create significant positive change in the world through building powerful connections, particularly when a collaboration of artists in a community makes work with this underlying intention. That is why I am thrilled to be collaborating with my community of exceptionally talented Tucson musicians to make this album a soundscape of what my city has to offer. I am honoring the individual songs by finding the right people to play on each of them. I feel blessed to be a part of such a rich community of musicians who inspire me in making these songs embodied, ethereal, dissonant, sensual, and raw.
Why “The Aviary”?
I like the imagery of the aviary because there’s this sensation in a large aviary that there is freedom and movement and exotic plants and flowers and water and different types of birds. But they are not, in fact, free. They are enclosed in their experience and limited. Often, aviaries are encased in glass windows. So the birds can see the sky, and yet they can’t reach it. The songs in this album explore the ways in which we cut off our own ability to have an expansive life, especially as women. I’m interested in how we allow ourselves to be limited or confined by others’ expectations and assumptions, or too often, by our own. We all have the innate desire and need to fly freely, but sometimes we first need to name the clear cage, the one we don’t always realize we are trapped inside.
This is a feminist album. The tensions in the songs often deal with my experience and the experience of so many female musicians in pursuing their art. Women artists need to be heard. Authentic, passionate music crafted by women can help shift the energy of the planet that we are living on. I am inspired by strong visionary female artists who can access their power and their divine feminine energy and integrate the two to create a sensitive, thoughtful yet unabashedly intense experience. I strive to be this kind of woman artist, and I am honored to be collaborating with so many powerful women artists in Tucson on this record.
The peacock doesn’t hide herself. She steps out in her bold, bright plumage. This project is me stepping into the album I have always wanted to make. And I hope you will step out in supporting me in making it.
How You Can Help!
I am an independent woman and artist that works hard to get what she needs on her own. And I’ve come to realize that I can't do this alone. I need your help to get my music out there and to showcase to the world the music of the immensely talented community of Tucson artists who inspire me daily. Every dollar donated to this project will be placed in the pockets of other working artists and entrepreneurs that truly need that dollar to enable them to continue pursuing their own dreams.
Here’s Where the Money Will Go:
$4500 = Studio time to record and mix 12 songs (pairing down from 18) at the amazing new St. Cecilia Studios located right in downtown Tucson. Steven Lee Tracy will be working with me as my co-producer and has already donated a great deal of time doing pre-production work for this project. I believe in Steven enormously and the creative community he is working to build here in Tucson and want to support him and his vision.
$3000 = Music video: I will be collaborating with the talented LA based director cinematographer Joe Dressel (who shot Copper & Congress's last video Decoy) to create the first video release for the record. This 1920s "Gatsby"-inspired, Tucson-flavored experience will capture the people that are contributing to the synergistic escalation of coolness here in the Tucson art scene. I want to capture, much like the surrealists, a moment in time where we all come and make something together to build even more bridges and make even more connections through the vehicle of art making. The budget for the video will include travel expenses for the director and DP from LA and Minneapolis, dancers hired from Artifact Dance Project, film equipment, costumes, and food for the shoot.
$1500 = Musicians: I will be hiring some of the best and brightest talent here in Tucson to share their gifts including Joe Novelli, Ryan Alfred, Chamberlab, Samantha Bounkeua, Ben Nisbet, Michael Moynihan, Tom Walbank, Tom Beech, Patrick Morris, Julius Schlosburg, Jillian Bessett, Keli Carpenter, Genevieve Gaus and many more...
$1500 = Artwork/Media/Photography/Web design: I am thrilled to be working with artist Carolyn Robles to create a large painting that will be the cover of the record (think Pre-Raphaelite + Anais Nin + Surrealism + ornithological themes), and also a reward for one lucky donor. Also I will be working with Amber Lin of Ember Glow Beauty as my make up artist and Jimi Giannatti as my photographer to get some good images for promotional materials. Ezra Letra made the beautiful video for this kickstarter campaign and I would love to pay him appropriately for his work. I will be purchasing a new domain and web hosting for KatieHaverly.com and will be working with Luis Valdez to help me design this new website for my solo project and migrate my coaching website to a new domain. Also registering the record with CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
$1500 = Pressing, most likely by Oasis to make CD's.
$1300 = Kickstarter and payment fees, shipping of rewards
$1000= Mastering: My tried and true mastering engineer and friend Larry Devivo will be mastering the record at Silvertone Mastering in New York.
You'll notice that this actually totals $14000. That is because I want to make this record the right way, pay artists what they are worth and finally honor my work with the time and care it deserves. Your contribution can help promote and support not only me as an artist, but the wealth of people I will be collaborating with and the Tucson arts community in general.
If you believe in me and what I do, than please consider donating and sharing this campaign with others. No amount is too small! Thank you so much for reading and for your support of me. It means more then I could ever express in words.
Risks and challenges
I don't forsee any major challenges occurring if the project is fully funded. Studio time has already been booked, musicians booked, artwork in process, etc. If any challenges do arise, I promise to share my progress on this page with all of my backers to be open and honest about my experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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